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"Love Never Ends"

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I was going to blog about Thanksgiving, how my long weekend went (great), the wonderful walks I had in the forest preserves where I often hiked when I lived in the Chicago suburbs, and maybe share some thoughts about how challenging this time of year is for those of us trying to lose or maintain weight.

But instead I keep thinking of the end of my walk in the woods yesterday. We were almost back to the car and I remembered being on that stretch of path with my dad. He didn't do much in the way of hiking since he had a partially paralyzed leg from Polio. And for the last 10 years of his life, he dealt with Post-Polio Syndrome and Congestive Heart Failure, making walking harder and harder. So that trip together to the Forest Preserve was a long time ago and not very typical of times I spent with him.

Yet, as I traveled up the trail through the starkly beautiful November woods, I thought of walking with my dad long ago and how much I miss him. And even though we probably only went down that path together once, it felt like yesterday he walked it with me a second time.

My dad passed away four years ago today. I thought of him some more this afternoon as I watched the movie "Lincoln." The storyline was partially based on the book Team of Rivals, which my dad read and thought highly of. I think he would have enjoyed the movie. I wish I could discuss it with him, to hear his thoughts, insights and dry sense of humor.

So, anyway, back to things Spark. Let's all take good care of ourselves so we can spend as much time with those we love in this life. And let's not take for granted our loved ones but enjoy them as much as we can for as long as we can. In the scheme of things, at the end, love is what is important. Good days, bad days, the holidays (good or bad) come and go. Love never ends.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
L1ZB3TH354 12/13/2012 8:34PM

    My dad has been gone 15 years now, he passed on my birthday. It is always a bitter sweet day for me. I was a daddy's girl. I still remember the walks we took together on Carlsbad Beach, CA. I have also lost my mom and my only son. Your blog touched my heart. I miss them all, everyday. I started exercising to relieve the depression I felt from losing my son 9 years ago. He was only 18. I still find things that reminds me of him everyday. He will always live in my heart. The holidays are especially hard. Through this journey I lost 50 lbs., but have gained back 15, I am fighting hard to lose those 15 again. Good luck with your journey.

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BEBOP4ME 12/13/2012 2:24PM

    Sorry to hear about your Dad! I lost my Mother almost 8 years ago and I still miss her dearly. Now as a mother myself, I wish time and time again I could ask her how she raised 8 kids so lovingly. I lost my Mother too young also. She also had post polio syndrome, made worse by smoking for many years and lastly by radiation for breast cancer. I still believe that is what hastened her death most of all, as she went from no oxygen to full time oxygen soon after her treatments ended.

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MANDELOVICH 12/3/2012 2:35PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Love always lives inside of us!

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CARRAND 12/3/2012 8:21AM

    What a lovely blog. I talked to my Dad yesterday. He is 98 years old (almost 99) and he lives in a VA home in Iowa, so I don't see him often. Sometimes when I talk to him he's really confused about where he is. His short term memory is almost entirely gone. But yesterday he seemed calm and happy, so it was a good conversation.
I know you must miss your Dad a lot. I'm glad you were able to remember him during your walk in the woods.

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/2/2012 1:49AM

    A beautiful, meaningful blog. Thank you.

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HAKAPES 12/1/2012 2:10PM

    Well said. Thanks for this!
Oliver (from Maintenance group)

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 11/30/2012 5:37PM

    Bravo on another wonderful, insightful blog. It's so true. It's this time of year especially that I so miss my parents and all of those family members (and my dogs) who have gone before me. We have to cherish every minute and take every opportunity to share time with them while both we and they are still here. It's so important to make memories. Thank you. emoticon

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SUSIEMT 11/30/2012 11:49AM

    I loved this blog! It brought back some good memories for me of my dad. Keep up the good work!

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KANOE10 11/30/2012 8:12AM

    Lovely blog. Love does not end. We need to stay healthy and be around our precious loved ones as long as we can. emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 11/30/2012 4:41AM

    People only die when we forget about them. In that sense, your dad lives through your memories and your love for him.
Thank you for such a moving blog with a really wonderful message.

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MILLIE5522 11/29/2012 2:12PM

    My Dad died of heart failure too. He is always in my heart. I particularly think of him when I am out walking with my dog in the countryside. My Dad was a farmer and loved working in the fields. We are so lucky to have good memories of our Dads. emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 11/29/2012 1:16PM

    You certainly have a knack for writing, For me it's my sister and she's with me all of the time.

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THOMASINA57 11/28/2012 5:07PM

    Well said! I think of my Dad alot and all the good times we shared!

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ILOVEMALI 11/27/2012 3:51PM

    Thanks for this timely message. You are correct -- love never ends.

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BIGPAWSUP 11/26/2012 7:20PM

    That is wonderful that you could feel your dad with you again. Such a blessing and so much love.

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MJZHERE 11/26/2012 3:08PM

    This is a wonderful message. Nothing is more precious than time with loved ones

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SADWHITEWOLF 11/26/2012 10:34AM

    I lost my Dad when I was 18 (heart attack), this time of year actually. I would give anything for a conversation with him.
His and my best friends (both due to heart attacks brough on by being overweight, smoking, and out of shape) death give me motivation to keep at this.

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TORTISE110 11/26/2012 6:03AM

    Such a moving blog. I would give a lot for another afternoon with my Dad. emoticon

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3016DEBRA 11/25/2012 8:39PM

  emoticon You are so right on!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/25/2012 7:37PM

    What a great blog and wonderful message! I know your dad is very proud of the kind and gentle soul you are. emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 11/25/2012 7:21PM

    Missing my Dad a lot lately too. I think they call it anniversary grief... emoticon

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